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"It is" used as "there is": what is the origin?
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Apart from Old English, the return of this style may be influenced by German native speakers who wrongly take German wording into English sentences, as all those sentences, when translated to German, ...

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Why does "tangent" have multiple meanings that are in conflict with each other?
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The word tangentially is derived from Latin tangens, which means touching. In maths, a tangent is a straight line that touches (not intersecting with) a circle or ellipse. The discussion about the ...

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Origin of ending a sentence with a preposition-German separable verbs?
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@lingisticturn's answer shows you quite an exhaustive list of literature about this topic. However, as a native German speaker from Austria I want to add something. mitkommen is a verb, it is not the ...

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A word for a statement that doesn't need to be said
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truism as stated in Wikipedia. obvious and implicit are adjectives describing this. tautology is sometimes wrongly used to describe this, as it means a statement that is true due to its form (a ...

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A phrase/word for a Logical Jump in argument
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The jump itself is called (inductive) leap. A logical argument which lacks of premises to be a valid argument is called enthymeme. This is exactly your case. There are some premises to be found which ...

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word for temporarily ordering a worker to a new position because of an emergency
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interim It is possible to prepend the word interim to the position, as in this example from Wiktionary: You are interim manager until he returns from hospital. The word is defined in Merriam Webster:...

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If someone calls something by a wrong name, what are they actually referring to?
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From a philosophical point of view, you have two different languages. It is not relevant how far apart the meanings of the words are, or if it is a word in the given language at all. What person A ...

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Grammar nuances of the following sentence
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A sentence consists of at least a subject and a verb. The string My lovely idea. has neither of it, it is only an object (with preposition). So, it is not a sentence at all. This is a lovely ...

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How/when does one use "a most"?
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The question is misleading. Instead of asking for the meaning of "A most", it would be better to ask for the meaning of "most wanted": A most wanted man is to be read: A [most wanted] man and ...

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Why is "till" used in this expression: "If we don't leave till after lunch..."?
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In contrast to what @fuzzyanalysis said, my understating of the sentence containing till is: If we do not leave before lunch is finished, we'll be cutting it very fine. The subtle difference is ...

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What is the meaning of the " 's " in this sentence?
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The title of your question refers only to the "'s" in the sentence, so I am going to explain this. This is a common genitive. So, the president's is the genitive (possessive) to the gerund ...

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